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A 70-year-old man killed himself after New York police questioned him about the body of an unidentified pregnant woman found in an oil drum stored for decades under a house he once owned.

Authorities said the body of Howard Elkins was found Friday in a vehicle with a shotgun between his legs.

A day earlier, Elkins had been questioned by police from Nassau County in New York, where he owned a home 27 years ago. The home's current owner recently found the body of a woman while removing a rusting oil drum from a crawl space underneath the house.

Police determined that the drum was manufactured in 1963. Elkins and his wife, Ruth, owned the home from 1957 to 1972.

Police were unsure whether the suicide and unsolved murder were related. But a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office log entry confirms Elkins as "a suspect in a 30-year homicide in Nassau County, N.Y."

Police credit the airtight drum for preserving clues decades after the death of the woman, who was nine months' pregnant.

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